Parenting

Depressed Kids Need Help

Teen depression is a serious illness. The benefits of getting help, including taking medications if needed, far outweigh the potential risks.

Do Parents Influence Their Kids’ Health Behaviors?

Parents who take their child to the doctor frequently, let their child stay home from school, or pamper them with special attention when they are sick tend to produce kids who, as adults, go to the doctor frequently, stay home from work, and take longer to recover from illness.

Does Your Child Have a Make-Believe Friend?

Having a make-believe friend is a normal part of your child's growth and usually happens between ages 3 and 6.

Driving Defensively: Rules of the Road

No matter how good a driver you are, high speeds or impaired or careless driving by others can place you in danger.

Earlier is Better to Catch Hearing Loss

Many experts urge hearing tests before newborns leave the hospital. Every year, several thousand babies with hearing problems are born in the U.S.

Easing a Child’s Fears and Anxieties About Medical Procedures

Before your child undergoes any medical treatment, it is critical for you to have a full understanding of the diagnosis, procedure and options available. This will help you manage the fears and anxieties your child may feel.

Exercise Goals for Kids

How much activity should your child get? What kinds of activity are important? Find out here.

Eye Protection Keeps Kids in the Game

The sports that cause the most injuries are basketball, baseball, pool sports and racket sports. But any sport that involves a projectile is considered hazardous to the eyes.

Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.

Finding the Best Day Care for Your Child

Is it almost time to go back to work? The idea of leaving your baby with strangers might be hard to swallow. But finding good day care doesn’t have to be difficult, if you follow this advice.

Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse

Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are chronic diseases that can be treated as successfully as many other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.

For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds

Citing the latest research on the brain, experts say chess, Scrabble, Monopoly -- even jigsaw puzzles or tic-tac-toe -- help children build analytical, organizational and creative skills.

Glasses Can Help Even Young Children

Doctors who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.

Guidelines for Raising Smoke-Free Kids

The most important thing is to keep the lines of communication open -- the more you talk to your children, the better chance you have of staying close when things get tough or when important issues like smoking arise.

Healthy Diets Overview

Eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and is something that should be taught to children at a young age.

Help for a Child with a Cold

You want to help a child with cold symptoms feel better, but choosing among countless over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines can be daunting. Here are some guidelines that can help.

Help Your Babysitter Prepare for Anything

When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective.

Help Your Children Chill Out

Kids must cope with all the issues, such as violence or global warming, that stress out adults. But they must also handle stresses added by their parents and the media.

Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce

Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children.

Helping Kids Get Over their Fears

Studies indicate that almost all children report having fears. Some of the most common fears are of bugs or ghosts, and studies have shown that kids are afraid of pretty much the same things no matter where they live in the world.

Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care

By involving teens as full participants in their self-care, they're more likely to choose healthy behaviors throughout their lives.

Helping Your Child Choose a Sport

Before you look into a sports program, make sure your child is ready. A child’s readiness can depend on a number of factors.

Helping Your Children Cope With Death

Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults.

High Blood Pressure: Kids Can Have It, Too

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.

How Old Is 'Old Enough' for Contacts?

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